How to make – Okonomiyaki Kit

Okonomiyak kit unspread out at Japan's Kitchen

No joke but, I always joke that this dish was invented by drunk or stoned people. And I’m probably right too. The word comes from ‘Okonomi’ meaning ‘what you like’ or ‘how you like’ & yaki meaning ‘cooked’. So, ‘cook what you like’. Tell that to a stoned teenager & you’d probably get a cabbage pancake with bacon or some other meat, some undecipherable brown sauce, mayonnaise, some weird toppings & they’d all laugh at their own creation, eat it & think its delicious. And surprisingly, this time… they nailed it. Welcome to Okonomiyaki.

Okonomiyaki Kit

'Cook how you like' is the idea that underpins this Japanese savoury cabbage pancake of extraordinary deliciousness. The secret is patience. The heat must be low & slow. I repeat. Low & slow.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Okonomiyaki
Servings: 2 people
Author: Kitchen Crew

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Fry Pans
  • Plates
  • Lid for the pan is important

Ingredients

  • 100 gram Okonomiyaki Flour
  • 1 Fresh Egg
  • 150 ml water
  • 300 gram cabbage
  • 50 gram Spring Onion Negi in Japanese
  • 40 gram Tenkasu Rice Bubbles
  • 30 gram Chopped Red Ginger Benishouga
  • 2 slices Bacon

Toppings in the pack

  • Okonomiyaki sauce Secret stuff this
  • Mayonnaise Japanese Mayo uses yokes
  • Katsuo Bushi Smoked dried bonito flakes
  • Red Ginger Benishouga
  • Aonori Dried Seaweed

Instructions

Watch the video for the method... alternatively follow this...

  • Mix Okonomiyaki flour, egg and 150ml water in a bowl
    *Don’t mix too much. Little lumps are fine.
  • Add Red ginger, Spring Onion, Tenkasu into the bowl, and mix well with a spatula.
  • Preheat a pan and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and bacon. Cook both sides.
  • Put okonomiyaki batter on the bacon and turn down to medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, Flip!!! Put a lid on and wait another 5 minutes.
    *It’s fine to cook without a lid, however, you might need to cook longer.
  • Decorate in this order, Okonomiyaki sauce, Mayonaise, Katsuobushi, Red ginger, and Aonori.

Video

Notes

See... I told you. Drunk food. You can add anything you want to this. SO far we've tried:
  • prawns
  • scallops
  • small dried shrimp
  • octopus
  • kimchi
  • mochi
  • cheese
  • yakisoba noodles
But you could also try:
  • corn
  • mushrooms
  • other fish
  • sliced beef
  • chicken maybe

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